Lagos Acquires New Fleet for Metropolitan Rail Project | The Guardian Nigeria News


In line with his administration’s commitment to traffic management and transportation, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has acquired two sets of new 330 km/h 10-car Talgo trains for the Lagos Red Line project.

In a statement yesterday, the chief executive of Lagos sealed the deal during a public event at the Milwaukee facility of Spanish train maker, Talgo Incorporated in the United States yesterday.

The trains will head to Lagos, for the Red Line, a 37 kilometer rail project launched by the governor. The project will have 11 stations and when completed will be the first operational metro system in West Africa.

Speaking at the event, Sanwo-Olu, who was accompanied by Commissioner for Transport, Dr Frederic Oladeinde; The Special Advisor for the Works, Aramide Adeyoye and the Chief Executive of the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA), Abimbola Akinajo, said the state government was delighted to complete the purchase of the two new trains. He said they were in Milwaukee to see things for themselves.

The Governor observed: “A train is not something you can just put on the shelf and pick up. We are very lucky to have new trains. We saw our beautiful white and red trains. Coincidentally, the rail line is called Red Line, and you can see they gave us the color. We will simply mark it and affix our seal to it.

“We hope this (purchase of the trains) will be the start of a mutually beneficial business relationship. Providing livelihoods for our citizens is first and foremost providing jobs for our fellow citizens, and that is what we do. It’s about making sure we can build our economy, people can move from place to place, and businesses can grow.

“Part of what we have done over the last two and a half years is to have what we call an integrated urban mass transport system, where we will use road infrastructure, waterway infrastructure and the rail infrastructure so that we can move over 20 million Lagosians in and out. around the city.”

Acting Mayor of Milwaukee Cavalier Johnson, who hosted Gov. Sanwo-Olu in the city, said, “It’s a bit bittersweet. Congratulations to the Governor of Lagos State in Nigeria, but I’m also a little disappointed that we missed the opportunity to get these trains running here in Milwaukee and Wisconsin.

In his contribution, CEO and President of Talgo USA, Antonio Perez, said: “For us, it is important that our trains are used. There’s no point in the trains we’ve built being stored and kept without passengers.

Sanwo-Olu has specifically promised Lagosians that the first phase of the red line will start in the last quarter of 2022 or the first quarter of 2023, with a capacity of 500,000 passengers per day.

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